|Pakistan Floods – AFP|
A voice purporting to be that of the al-Qaeda leader calls for the creation of a new relief body to aid Muslims.
It was the third message in recent weeks from al-Qaeda figures concerning the massive August floods that displaced 8 million people in Pakistan, signalling a concentrated campaign by the terror group to exploit public discontent and present itself as protectors of the poor.
“What governments spend on relief work is secondary to what it spends on its armies,” bin Laden says on the 11-minute tape called, “Reflections on the Method of Relief Work.” The authenticity of the tape could not be immediately verified.
Bin Laden said a new “well-funded” relief organisation should be created to study Muslim regions near bodies of water to prevent future flooding, to create development projects in impoverished regions and to work on farming and agriculture to guarantee food security.